Citrix And VMware Settle Avi Networks Dispute

CRN | January 15, 2020

The industry's leading virtualization technology vendors—VMware and Citrix—have finalized a settlement that will avoid further litigation stemming from VMware's recent acquisition of Avi Networks. The two companies have “resolved the litigation” without taking their patent-infringement dispute to trial, confirmed Tony Gomes, Citrix executive vice president and chief legal officer. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. When it closed its deal for Santa Clara-based Avi Networks this past summer, VMware also assumed ownership of a pending lawsuit from a rival with whom a once-bitter rivalry had thawed in recent years. Last month, Citrix signaled a desire to resolve the matter, crediting VMware's ownership of the startup as the motivation for its change in tack.

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Intelligent Waves LLC Names Tony Crescenzo as Chief Executive Officer

Intelligent Waves LLC | January 20, 2022

Intelligent Waves LLC, a leading-edge trusted IT systems integrator that delivers high-impact transformational IT solutions to Government’s most mission-critical challenges, is pleased to announce that Tony Crescenzo, IW’s President, has been promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer. In addition, Jared Shepard, IW’s founder, and the owner will continue to lead IW in the role of Chairman of the Board. Under Crescenzo's leadership, the company has experienced two consecutive years of aggressive growth and profitability. "Intelligent Waves has grown and matured into a respected market leader,” stated Jared Shepard. “By initially hiring Tony Crescenzo as President in 2020, I set a strategic goal of elevating IW's growth trajectory and scalability to the next level. It has been awesome to see how Tony Crescenzo's leadership has materialized my vision for the company. Tony's high-energy leadership style and ability to recruit top management talent has enabled us to maximize the value and impact of our company." Intelligent Waves has recently successfully launched several innovative and disruptive cybersecurity solutions that serve the Defense and Intelligence Community, including GRAYPATH, an ultra-secure next-generation VPN, and Phantom, an award-winning cyber defense solution for the most demanding and secure communications. It is a tremendous honor to take the reins as the CEO of Intelligent Waves, and I look forward to helping the company fulfill its full potential through innovation in the Government’s most demanding and critical areas. Intelligent Waves is at the forefront of innovation in support of real-world mission outcomes, and I am proud to lead such an exceptional organization.” Tony Crescenzo, IW’s CEO Intelligent Waves was founded in 2006 by Jared Shepard. Under his leadership, Intelligent Waves has grown from a two-person team to a thriving, award-winning business with over two hundred employees. Intelligent Waves has received numerous accolades and awards, including ranking as one of Washington Business Journal's 100 largest veteran-owned companies for 2020, ranking as a top company on Inc.'s VET100 List, and ranking among Monster.com and Military.com Rated top 10 Best Company for Veterans Nationwide in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. In addition to serving IW as Chairman of the Board, Jared Shepard spun out his second company in 2021, Hypori Inc. where he serves as the company's President and CEO. Hypori is an award-winning SaaS company providing secure mobility for government and commercial customers. Its innovative solution puts the power and speed of the cloud on any mobile or edge device, enabling remote users to access critical data and apps through a separate, secure workspace. About Intelligent Waves LLC Intelligent Waves LLC is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business. The firm provides enterprise systems engineering, cloud computing and managed services, cyber and security architecture, mobility, operations, and intelligence analytics.

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Dell Technologies and VMware Facilitate Improved IT Agility for Munich Re

Dell Technologies | February 18, 2022

Dell Technologies and VMware are working with Munich Re, one of the world's leading reinsurers, to create a consistent approach to global IT operations that performs with improved performance and flexibility at the high level of security required for its data-intensive workloads. Dell and VMware are assisting Munich Re to more easily adhere to compliance requirements and reduce IT costs. Azure VMware Solution, part of Microsoft Azure, and a modern private cloud based on Dell Technologies and VMware will help create a consistent multi-cloud architecture where data and workloads can be processed and delivered exactly where they are required and shared across multiple environments. The multi-cloud architecture will support Munich Re to offer a coherent customer experience across environments through a consistent IT infrastructure that consolidates all of Munich Re's global data centers into three hubs. "With Dell Technologies and VMware, we are creating a consistent cloud operating model to standardize our infrastructure and increase our environment's performance, stability, and resilience in a smart way," said Robin Johnson, CIO at Munich Re. "This modern multi-cloud infrastructure will help us in our daily business operations by providing the agility to match the right cloud to any application or use case." The Azure VMware Solution can accelerate application and cloud modernization initiatives with less risk and better economics than traditional approaches. It also allows for the extension or migration of existing VMware workloads natively on Microsoft Azure. Munich Re's private cloud will be based on Dell VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure systems with VMware Cloud Foundation software. Munich Re will also use VMware vRealize Cloud Management and VMware NSX to enable consistent management across cloud environments and enable security policies that follow workloads wherever they move. The insurance industry is going through a technology revolution ranging from how they process claims to how they engage their customers. Munich Re turned to Dell and VMware with the ambition of creating a multi-cloud strategy that could provide a powerful and stable IT infrastructure and respond flexibly to the demands of a dynamic industry with a seamless, standardized and automated platform." Bradd Lewis, Dell Technologies vice president and global lead for financial services "Across the insurance industry, we are seeing our customers invest in hybrid-cloud strategies to deliver more efficient and tailored solutions for their clients," said Jennifer Manry, vice president, global industries, VMware. "But to remain resilient, it's no longer about a 'cloud first' approach—it's about being 'cloud smart'. Together with Dell, we are uniquely positioned to give Munich Re the power to accelerate innovation with a smarter path to a hybrid-cloud environment that enables the flexibility to scale quickly and move workloads between IT environments without restrictions or trade-offs." About Dell Technologies Dell Technologies helps organizations and individuals build their digital future and transform how they work, live and play. The company provides customers with the industry's broadest and most innovative technology and services portfolio for the data era. About VMware VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. As a trusted foundation to accelerate innovation, VMware software gives businesses the flexibility and choice they need to build the future. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to building a better future through the company's 2030 Agenda.

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Absolute Software Achieves Common Criteria Certification

Absolute Software | February 04, 2022

Absolute Software, a leader in self-healing Zero Trust solutions, announced the company’s secure access product, NetMotion Mobility 12.14, has achieved Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 4+ – the highest certification level recognized internationally under the Common Criteria program for software products. Absolute is the only network solutions provider to achieve this certification across Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows for its Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology. The certification demonstrates that NetMotion Mobility continues to meet the highest level of security requirements and satisfies the complex security needs of national and enterprise customers. Achieving Common Criteria EAL4+ certification, which is considered the gold standard for government-grade security, reaffirms Absolute’s commitment to delivering products that meet or exceed stringent international security standards. Absolute’s secure access solutions are designed specially for the remote workforce, enabling resilient connectivity to mission-critical mobile applications and data. Absolute is the only provider to offer Resilient Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) alongside a VPN solution, enabling organizations to leverage the same secure tunnel to gradually adopt ZTNA while also retaining an enterprise VPN to be used when needed. Our secure access products enable thousands of organizations worldwide – including public safety agencies, governments, and enterprises – to provide remote access through VPN and ZTNA in a way that actively improves the employee experience, and assures maximum security and uncompromised productivity. With the number and severity of threats posed by careless or malicious insiders, cyber criminals, and nation-state actors at an all-time high, we believe our continued investment in this evaluation and certification process is critical to being a leading, trusted security provider.” John Herrema, Executive Vice President of Product and Strategy at Absolute Common Criteria (ISO 15408) is regarded as an international benchmark for IT product security certification and is mutually recognized by 31 member countries in the Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA), including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The Common Criteria is a framework that provides assurance that the process of specification, implementation and evaluation of a computer security solution has been conducted in a rigorous, standard, achievable, repeatable, and testable manner at a level that is commensurate with the target environment for use. About Absolute Software Absolute Software accelerates customers’ shift to work-from-anywhere through the industry’s first self-healing Zero Trust platform, helping to ensure maximum security and uncompromised productivity. Absolute is the only solution embedded in more than half a billion devices, offering a permanent digital connection that intelligently and dynamically applies visibility, control and self-healing capabilities to endpoints, applications, and network access to help ensure their cyber resilience tailored for distributed workforces. Trusted by nearly 16,000 customers, G2 recognized Absolute as a leader in Zero Trust Networking in the Fall of 2021.

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Pavilion Data Raises $45 Million to Expand Its Platform for Accelerating Data Analytics

Pavilion Data | January 21, 2022

Pavilion Data Systems, the leading data analytics acceleration platform provider and a pioneer of NVMe-oF, announced major successes on multiple fronts in 2021, underscoring the strong demand for its dense high-performance data analytics platform and laying the groundwork for increased momentum in 2022. Pavilion Data Systems raised a $45 million round led by Kleiner Perkins and Artiman Ventures. This funding, combined with the rapid growth of its customer base, strong business momentum, and key executive hires, including Dario Zamarian as CEO, positions Pavilion to address the increasing need for a high-performance, dense, and scale-out flash storage platform for analytics and AI/ML applications. "Pavilion is proving its market acceptance across a broad range of industry verticals as an analytics acceleration platform for legacy and next-generation applications," noted Zamarian. "2021 saw the company grow its employee base by 50% across all functions. This, combined with additional funding from our investors, our expanded leadership team, and the strong position of our flagship HyperParallel Data Platform will enable us to take data analytics acceleration to the next level." Pavilion's total outside capital investment increased to $107 million after the $45 million round led by Kleiner Perkins and Artiman Ventures. All existing investors participated in the funding, including Korea Investment Partners, SK Telecom Ventures, Taiwania Capital, Tyche Partners, DAG Ventures, and RPS Ventures. This investment round also was joined by new investors Mirae Asset, Liberty Street Advisors, and Gaingels. Many organizations in the federal and commercial space are already using Pavilion to make the most of their applications and accelerate their workloads. Pavilion's platform enables users to build a bridge between their existing and future needs. We see that its unique ability to accelerate legacy as well as next-generation applications is making it a prime choice for many users. My partners and I are excited to have co-led this round, as the funding will help Pavilion establish itself as a leader in the data analytics and AI/ML acceleration market." Wen Hsieh, Partner at Kleiner Perkins In 2021 Pavilion significantly increased deployments within federal agencies and increased penetration into analytics use cases in Fortune 500 companies, including a top-20 banking institution, a top credit agency, and one of the largest hedge funds in the country. Nearly 80% of all deployments were to accelerate analytics, legacy and next-generation, ML, and streaming applications. Pavilion doubled its new customers, and customer loyalty remains strong with 75% of its 2020 customers repurchasing in 2021. Pavilion also opened new sales offices in Atlanta, Boston, and London, and it directly addressed the public sector by opening a sales division focused on federal government customers to support its strong presence in the federal space. The company continued its expansion into the life sciences, financial, and media and entertainment industry verticals. "We needed an external storage platform that matched the performance we get from internal NVMe SSDs to support a mission critical SQL analytics use case running on VMWare 7," said Ken Boyer, Director Global Storage MGMT at IQVIA. "The Pavilion platform enabled us to meet this challenging requirement that could not be met with other options. It's really exciting to see this recognition and endorsement of Pavilion by the investment community to build upon their momentum and accelerate their roadmap. We look forward to seeing continued momentum of their data analytics acceleration platform." "We have been working with Pavilion for the last couple of years and have had great success with some of our large federal customers," said Herb Ahmuty, Senior Solutions Architect at Meadowgate. "The Pavilion platform has helped a couple of our customers address the challenging data-ingest and performance needs of their demanding analytics workloads. Given the rapidly changing nature of technology, Pavilion's agility has enabled our customers to be more responsive to their growing data sets and expanded application environments. It's great to see continued support of Pavilion from the investment community." To build out the next phase of company development, Pavilion added to its executive suite with the hiring of a chief marketing/product officer, senior vice president of software development, vice president of operations, and vice president of marketing. Awards Granted to Pavilion Data Systems: In May 2021, Frost & Sullivan recognized Pavilion with its North American Technology Award, citing its innovative approach to NVME-oF (Non-Volatile Memory Express over Fabrics), the most advanced development in data storage. In January 2022, DCIG named Pavilion as one of the Top 5 Storage Solutions for Life Sciences. Pavilion's data analytics acceleration platform, consisting of the Pavilion HyperParallel File System and Pavilion HyperOS, was singled out among 15 contending providers for having exceptional performance, deployment capability, data protection, and technical support, among other factors. In January 2022, GigaOm named Pavilion as a "Fast Mover" in the "GigaOm Radar for High-Performance Scale-Out File Systems," claiming that Pavilion provides "a compelling, no-compromise architecture built around NVMe and maximum performance," "one of the greatest GPUDirect implementations available," "a superb security-oriented architecture," and "great scalability and performance. " About Pavilion Data Systems Pavilion provides the data analytics acceleration platform enabling enterprises to derive greater value from their data—faster, simpler, and at scale. We are the perfect complement for AI/ML, HPC, analytics, edge and other data-driven workloads and the ideal data IO platform for GPU-based computing platforms. The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform, powered by Pavilion HyperOS, delivers unmatched performance and density, ultra-low latency, unlimited scalability, and flexibility, providing customers unprecedented choice and control. Learn why Fortune 500 companies and federal government agencies choose Pavilion.

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There are many myths that exist related to cloud computing, in part due to the complexity and confusion that evolve around this technology. Our first infographic was designed to provide clarity through answering common questions about the cloud. As you may already know, the term cloud computing refers to business applications, storage and other functions that make use of off-site servers, rather than a company having to purchase, house and maintain computer servers on-site. With cloud computing, document storage and computer applications are hosted off-site and connected to your office computers via the Internet.

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